Potters ready their bowls for hunger benefit in La Jolla

Last year's event had guests changing their bowls all the way down the line. Courtesy
Last year's event had guests changing their bowls all the way down the line. Courtesy

Area potters are busy crafting hundreds of handmade bowls to hold the breads and soups to be served at the fifth annual Empty Bowls event, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Guests can choose a bowl from hundreds on display (for a suggested donation of $20 at the door) and have it filled with soup and breads donated by favorite local restaurants. Guests take their bowls home as a reminder that their donation has helped fight hunger.

The La Jolla Jazz Band is set to perform at the benefit and special “designer” bowls will be on display for silent bids.

Proceeds from this “dinner” will be donated to Third Avenue Charitable Organization to aid the homeless and the elderly in San Diego. The Regional Task Force on the Homeless reported earlier this month that there are more than 9,000 homeless in San Diego with more than 65 percent downtown in the area that Third Avenue Charitable Organization serves.

Empty Bowls is a now a national program that began in 1990 when a high school art teacher in Michigan and his students were searching for a way to raise funds for a food drive. They decided to make colorful ceramic bowls in which to serve a simple meal of soup and bread to guests as a class fundraiser.

For this year’s event, the UCSD Crafts Center hosted for first annual Empty-bowls-a-thon where 28 potters came together for one day in February to make hundreds of bowls. This event would not have been possible without the generosity of Laguna Clay Company, which donated 1,000 pounds of clay, and Aardvark Clay & Supplies, which also donated clay and glaze materials.

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